It Ain't Hard to Tell

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"It Ain't Hard to Tell"
Single by Nas
from the album Illmatic
Released January 18, 1994 (1994-01-18)
Format 12" single, CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 3:22
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Nasir Jones, W.P. Mitchell
Producer(s) Large Professor
Nas singles chronology
"Halftime"
(1992)
"It Ain't Hard to Tell"
(1994)
"Life's a Bitch"
(1994)
Illmatic track listing
"Represent"
(9)
"It Ain't Hard to Tell"
(10)

"It Ain't Hard to Tell" is the second single and last track from the debut album Illmatic by the rapper Nas. Although the track was technically the second single on the album, it was the first single to be released after the album was pressed in 1994. The first single, "Halftime," was released two years prior to Illmatic '​s debut.

"It Ain't Hard to Tell" was produced by Large Professor, the song samples Michael Jackson's 1983 hit single "Human Nature", "N.T." by Kool & the Gang, "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts, "Long Red" by Mountain & "Slow Dance" by Stanley Clarke. The single reached #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In 1991, Nas recorded a demo tape for Columbia Records, featuring the original version of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" named "Nas Will Prevail". This version is roughly 90 seconds longer, includes longer different verses, and has a more subdued, jazzier beat close to the album version. Pitchfork Media's included the song at number 28 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[1]

Music video[edit]

Nas created a homage to Wild Style (1982), the first hip hop motion picture, while shooting "It Ain't Hard to Tell's" music video, as he shot portions of the clip on the same stage used for the final scene of Wild Style.

Uses by other artists[edit]

Lyrics of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" have been sampled in the following songs:

Single track listing[edit]

US 12" Vinyl[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Main Mix)

B-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Instrumental)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (A Cappella)

US 12" Vinyl (Remix)[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix)"

B-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix Instrumental)"

UK 12" Vinyl[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Main Mix)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Main Mix Instrumental)

B-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Remix)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell" (Acapella)

UK 12" Vinyl (The Remixes)[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (The Stink Mix)"
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (The Stink Instrumental Mix)"

B-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (The Laidback Remix)"
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (The Laidback Instrumental Remix)"

Netherlands 12" Vinyl[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Album Mix)" (3:20)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Album Mix Instrumental)" (3:20)

B-Side[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix)" (2:50)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix Instrumental)" (2:50)
  3. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (A cappella)" (2:24)

Austria Maxi-CD (COL 660470 2)[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Main Mix)" (3:25)
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix)" (2:53)
  3. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Acapella)" (2:27)
  4. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Main Mix Instrumental)" (3:23)

Austria CD (COL 660302 2)[edit]

  1. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Album Mix)"
  2. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Album Mix Instrumental)"
  3. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix)"
  4. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (Remix Instrumental)"
  5. "It Ain't Hard to Tell (A cappella)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 91
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 57
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[4] 13

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